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question was about the logistics. they said, we do not know how to get the private sector involved. one of the biggest business leaders -- how do they get involved? it is really hard. i want to use your dmv. the new jersey state dmv to message organ donation. we are creating psas to go out in a celebratory way and get the folks realize that organs cannot go to heaven with you and get people to donate. it is a simple concept. the thought dawned on me, the unique ability to message to people. you have all the information. people open their dmv mail. you can give them tips that are valuable to them. those messages might be
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valuable. we can extrapolate from -- i welcome the states that desire that as well. junk food free zones ought to be part of that. you each ought to have a governor's olympics. simple things like that that allow teachers to have an excuse to talk to the kids about health. this could happen from business to business as well. when these folks celebrate, a 10th grade teacher will get their kids to measure how much they walk. when you go home today, what should you do? you should think about 15 minute physicals. your local hospital will find these.
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it has screened thousands of people for almost nothing and you allow a conversation to take place. it is not scary. almost everybody has a job, but a lot do not have insurance. give them the way of crawling back out of the abyss and give them an opportunity. they do not have the right to health, but they have the right to access. health corps is out there. the first lady -- you know about these. it is inexpensive, it is customized, and it should be your program in your state. i do not think you ought to hire smokers. it is indefensible for us to spend 15% more money at the same time letting people hurt
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themselves. we have to be smarter than this. we have a solution that will be complex that will work. find out ways of making its legal for employers not to have to hire a smoker. i want to hire you, but i cannot do it. i think that message will resonate. as opposed to the finger wagging. finally, keep nuts in your pockets. thank you very much. [applause] >> questions? >> i know we could do this for a very long time. we have to keep moving.
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>> i will start calling on people. one of the women asked about the single most important thing to do for longevity. it is more sexual activity. and then they started asking very pointed questions. we started delving into the reality of 80% of the time when there is erectile dysfunction, it is mental. the average american is intimate once a week. if we could go from once a week to twice a week, you would increase your life expectancy three years and would be a lot more fun. that is your goal when you go home. go from once to twice a week. it should be very sustainable for them to get this job done.
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>> not a roundtable discussion on the automatic spending cuts and and a sequestration and other debates in congress. we are joined by the daily callers. then security lapses and the center for disease control. alison young the talks about her reporting on the issue. tomorrow is the centennial of the 1913 women's suffrage march. a historical consultant with the national women's history museum is our guest. "washington journal" live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> i was fascinated by her feminist views. i am paraphrasing.
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she warned her husband. you cannot rule without including what women want and what women have to contribute. this is the 1700's. >> abigail adams. this monday night on the new history series, first ladies influence and image. during the conversation on abigail adams live at monday night at 9:00 eastern on c-span, c-span radio and c-span.org. >> now eric holder talking about efforts by the justice department and the obama administration to pass the gun violence measures. he also talks about the impact across would have on the justice
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department. this is about 20 minutes. \[applause] >> well, good morning. and i want to thank you, doug, for those kind words. he and i go a long way back. i'm always worried when doug's introducing me because he knows -- he knows an awful lot of stuff that he could say. but he's always kind. he always kind of cuts it. and he's on his way to the supreme court to one of -- i guess a woman that we know, great lawyers that argue the d.n.a. case. and it's something that we probably ought to win, hopefully 9-0. so don't blow it, doug. >> all 50 states. >> yeah, well, don't blow it. \[laughter] 9-0, you know? >> we work together in the u.s. attorneys office but the notion
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they was his boss was a complete joke. but it's always a privilege to be with him today. and it's a privilege once again to be included in this important annual meeting. i particularly would like to welcome this organization's newest member the 11th attorney generals general who participated for the first time and i would like to recognize all of the good friends and colleagues that are here with me today. i want to thank you for lending your time, your diverse perspective to this association's really critical work. over the past four years i've been fortunate to work with many of the leaders in this room to confront a range of criminal justice, law enforcement and national security challenges, alongside my colleagues and counter parts in the obama administration including vice president biden, attorney general tony west all of whom you're hearing from this week. we've established a great deal working together with you across state boundaries and i think
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importantly across party lines. the justice department has benefited and more importantly the american people have benefited from your tireless work, your expert guidance and your steadfast commitment to doing what's best for those that we have privileged to serve. and i really think the collaboration speak for themselves by helping to strengthen our state and federal criminal justice systems and advancing critical public safety initiatives and consumer products we have improved countless lives. you have made victims whole again and you brought assistance and healing to troubled areas. in close partnership with the president's financial fraud enforcement task force, you've helped to ensure that our approach in identifying and combating fraud targeting consumers, investors, homeowners
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has never been more systemic and never been more effective. many of you joined to bring about the largest joint, federal, residential mortgage settlement in our history. since 2009, a number of you have also provided invaluable assistance to the federal investigation into alleged misconduct by standard & poors financial services, a thing that really goes to the heart of the recent economic crisis. and no less than 13 of you are moving with parallel actions compliments the department's civil lawsuits which announced earlier this month. eradicating human trafficking, combating youth violence, my colleagues and i have been proud and we have been fortunate to stand shoulder to shoulder with each and every one of you. together we have streamlined the key investigative and
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enforcement activities across multiple agencies and offices enabling leaders at every level of government to make the most of really precious take payer resources. as a result there can be no question that we're making a meaningful, measurable difference in the lives of our fellow citizens each and every day. yet, i recognize as do all of you that for all that we have established, our work is really far from over. when it comes to protecting the safety and the sacred rights of the american people, much work remains to be done. in too many places, serious and seemingly intractable public safety challenges persist. nowhere is this clearer than our ongoing efforts to eradicate gun violence. it touches every jurisdiction and steals too many promising futures every year. now last december's horrific events in newton, connecticut stand as shopping reminders of the especial -- epidemic in
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cities. this unspeakable tragedy is affected by countless tragedies that take place in our streets that pass too often unnoticed and that too frequently decimate the lives of our most vulnerable citizens, our children. every loss is shattering. and inexplicable, yet each one is an outrage. this is why it has affected citizen, hard broken parents and advocates that we are sworn to protect. it's time for each of us to steal our reserve and renew our commitment to respond to this senseless violence with renewed individual lens. we are determined to work with organizations like this one to build a bipartisan consensus for taking decisive action to end begun violence. and we will not rest until we've done everything in our power to prevent future tragedies like the one that took place at sandy hook elementary
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school. now, of course, there will never be a simple, one size fits all solution for addressing any challenge of this magnitude and confronting all of its underlying causes but we must not allow the size or the complexity of this problem to deter us from taking action. earlier this year under the leadership of vice president biden i had the privilege of working with my fellow cabinet members and we assembled of common sense recommendations from keeping guns from falling into the wrong hands, keeping our young people safe and keeping our neighborhoods and schools more secure. this comprehensive plan which president obama announced last month is founded on a incentive that emerge from the discussions that we convene -- discussions that we convene with representatives more than 200 groups of policymakers,
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antiviolence advocates, gun owners and retailers, police chiefs an victims of gun crimes. and every step forward is predicated on the fact that the principle that president obama laid out. "if there's one thing that we can do to reduce this violence, if there's one life that can be saved, then we have an obligation to try." this obligation has driven the administration to call on congress to department legislation to universal background checks so that a background check is performed every time someone tries to buy a gun. to pass a ban on high capacity magazines and to pass a ban on military style assault weapons, updated and stronger than the legislation that was passed in
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1994. beyond this proposals, agencies across the administration are working to implement the 23 executive actions that president obama announced in order to provide federal officials and state leaders like you with the tools and with the information that we need to keep our citizens safe. for instance, we've been encouraging private sellers to work with licensed gun dealers to run their transactions to the next background system something that many already do on a regular basis and that more can begin to do starting immediately. we're moving to strengthen this critical tool by addressing gaps making certain that
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information included in the system is complete and that it is accurate. and examining our laws to make sure they are effective when it comes to identifying our goals who should not have access to fire arms. we welcome your support to this important work and ensuring that the data base is as complete as possible, state records are really the life blood of the system. and i urge each of you to encourage law enforcement agencies in your state to make the most of the national crime information center by both supplying and then accesses pertinent crime data. it enables every officer on patrol to have at his or her finger tips a data base at 11 million requisite to be tapped into 365 day as year. to have at his or her fingertips a database of 11 million records that can be tapped into 365 days a year. in addition, the president has taken action to end what essentially has been a freeze on rigorous nonpartisan research into gun violence. an effective strategy for its prevention by the centers for
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disease control. he has instructed relevant agencies to issue guidance making clear that under current law, doctors are not prohibited from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement. he's directed agencies to finalize regulations under the affordable care act that will increase access to mental health services for all who need them. and he's asked administration leaders at every level to work alongside school directs and community officials to develop plans to make schools, institutions of higher learning, and houses of worship safer. con temporary to what a few have -- contrary to what a few have said, all of these actions are consistent with the historical use of executive power. not one will infringe upon the constitutional rights of law- abiding citizens and gun owners.
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and all are essential parts of any serious comprehensive effort to combat gun violence. and to prevent dangerous people from acquiring and wreaking havoc with deadly weapons. now, of course, just as important as translating these proposals into reality, and advancing our robust national discussion about gun violence prevention, is the need to strengthen existing anti- violence initiatives and support the courageous men and women who routinely risk their lives to keep us safe. to this end, the justice department remains fully committed. and i remain determined to do everything possible to reinforce the blue line that stands between our people and the criminal element that menaces te proposals into reality, our communities. since 2009, this commitment has led the department to award more than $3.5 billion to our state and local partners, a grant program that helps agencies and departments across the country close budgetary gaps and gain access to the resources that they need. additional funding streams have
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been made available through the cops hiring program. which over the last four years has awarded more than $1.5 billion to create or to protect over 8,000 jobs in local law enforcement. and as we look toward the future, we are determined to continue making the investments in our state and local partners need to build on the progress that we've established in recent years. and stem the tide of violence against our brave men and women in uniform. and that's why the president's plan to reduce gun violence calls for $4 billion in cuts, hiring grant funding to support over 15,000 law enforcement officers. through the department's officer safety working group, we're helping to develop key training and information sharing platforms to allow officers in the field to better anticipate and more effectively confront specific threats in real time. we are exploring evidence-based strategies for preventing violent encounters and helping to make such encounters survivable when they do occur. through innovative programs like valor, we've disseminated
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more than 9,000 officers safety tool kits and provided over 5,000 law enforcement officers with tactical training and cutting edge tools to respond to unpredictable threats including ambush style assaults. and thanks to initiatives like the bulletproof vest partnership program, which last year awarded more than $20 million to help more than 4,000 jurisdictions purchase protective equipment, we are quite simply helping to save lives. including the lives of at least 13 officers who were saved by vests purchased in part by federal funds last year. there's no question that we can all be encouraged by this work. and i'm proud of the results that we have obtained by working in close partnership with one another. but the reality is that our ability to continue building on this progress will be contingent on congress adopting a balanced deficit reduction plan. and preventing the untenable reductions that will cut over $1.6 billion from the justice department's budget starting this friday. if this so-called sequester goes into effect, it will not only curtail the department's ability to support our state and local partners, it will have a negative impact on the safety of americans across this great country. our capacity to respond to crimes, to investigate
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wrongdoing, and to hold criminals accountable will be reduced. and despite our best efforts to limit the impact of sequestration, there's just no question that the effects of these cuts on our state and local partners, on our entire justice system, and on the american people will be profound. today, i would like to join many of the leaders in this room in urging congressional leaders to act swiftly in ensuring that the department will continue to have the funding that we need to fulfill our critical missions, support essential allies like you, and keep our citizens safe. despite the breadth and the scope of this challenge, and the other obstacles and disagreements that we faced in recent years, it's clear that our resolve to stand together in reducing gun violence and preventing mass shootings and protecting the american people
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and in combating threats to law enforcement is stronger than ever. but recent achievements must not be stopping points. and this week, as you move through the ambitious agenda before you, and pledge yourselves once more to the difficult work that lies ahead, i want you to know that the national association of attorneys general has and can always expect my strongest support. it's an honor to join you today in pledging my personal and professional commitment to continuing to work with you on our shared purpose and our common cause. i am fortunate to count you as partners and colleagues in fulfilling the sacred public trust that has been afforded to each one of us. and i look forward to where efforts can and must lead us in the months and years ahead. thanks very much. \[applause] >> as many of you do, general holder is defying his staff and taking one or two questions. is there any attorneys general have a question for general
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holder? general sothers from colorado. >> i'm not bill shooty from michigan. i'm just impersonating. i know you're expecting this question. when are washington and colorado going to hear on the federal government's position on marijuana legalization? >> yeah. we're still in the process of reviewing both of the initiatives that were passed. and i would say -- and i mean this. soon. we are in the last stages of that review. and we're trying to make the determination as to what the policy ramifications are going to be and what our international obligations are. there are a whole variety of things that go into this determination. but the people of michigan and
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washington deserve an answer. and we will have one as i said relatively soon. >> thank you. >> just a comment or really a thank you. i want to thank you for the extraordinary cooperation your department gave us on the bank mortgage settlement and now on standard and poor's. what tom pereli and jeff graber did in working with us has just -- as just total partners has been spectacular. i've been attorney a long -- attorney general a long time and i've never seen this kind of cooperation and working hospital with the department of justice. i want to thank you. >> it's an indication of how when we work together, we can accomplish great things. the residential mortgage-backed security initiative, the standard & poor's matter that's ongoing. those are two indications of what -- if we work together, if we talk to one another, if we put party considerations aside, really shows the power that we all have working together as a group. and in furtherance of the goals that we all have pledged and

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Attorney General Holder
CSPAN March 2, 2013 12:25pm-12:50pm EST

Series/Special. Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder discusses gun violence and how the potential sequestration might impact the Justice Department. New.

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